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Brendan Rodgers ready to say 'yes' to Manchester United

Graeme Bailey
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Exclusive - Brendan Rodgers is ready to say 'yes' to Manchester United, if and when, they approach him to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 90min understands.

United's hierarchy had been determined to stand by club legend Solskjaer for the rest of this season, but their patience has worn thin in recent weeks and now moves are being made in the background in order to replace the manager.

90min now understand that United started working on a succession plan following their home defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City - and this succession plan includes looking at when Solskjaer may leave, and who would replace him.

A source has told 90min: "Things have been going on behind the scenes in weeks, the club are aware that things can't continue like this - ideally Ole stays until the end of the season, but that is looking less and less likely."

In recent weeks there have been plenty of managers linked with the Man Utd job.

Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and current Paris Saint Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino both have fans at Old Trafford, but 90min understand that the man with the most support is Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers was linked earlier this year, but some at United were put off by the links to their bitter rivals LIverpool - however the fact that Rodgers never won the title at Anfield is said to make his appointment possible and palatable.

Rodgers himself once commented that he did not think he could ever manage United due to his spell at Anfield, but intermediaries have concluded that that this is now not the case.

Until recently Rodgers was not convinced that United's interest was anything other than fleeting, but third parties in recent weeks have convinced him that their interest is genuine and he has responded in a very positive manner.

Rodgers is aware of the possible backlash from both Liverpool and United fans, but sources have told 90min that he has decided that he could not turn down an approach from the Red Devils - if and when it arrives.

Leicester City understandably would not welcome any approach from United, or any suitor for Rodgers for that matter, as they look to qualify for the Champions League and establish themselves as a top-six side. However, they also know it would be a very difficult to keep him at the club if he wanted to move on. Rodgers spurned advances from Tottenham in the summer, but United are a different proposition.

While Rodgers is the front-runner to take over at Man Utd, the next big question for the club's hierarchy is: when should he take over?

There are differing opinions within the club on this. While some still maintain that Solskjaer should be given more time - possibly until the end of the season - others think he should be removed as soon as possible.

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